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Restorative Justice Trainings and Resources

Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.

As one DC educator shared, “One of my favorite parts is that Restorative Practices is so user-friendly. There is such a push on the academic piece nowadays and there is a disconnect between the educator and the youth. It is a problem that exists in so many of our schools. RP closes the distance between our educators, adults, and kids. This helps us keep connected as they are getting older. It’s a great tool. Not just reactive, but to build community.”

OSSE, is partnering with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to offer monthly trainings on Restorative Justice. In addition, a Community of Practice is held every second Tuesday of the month where participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional learning.

Restorative Justice Professional Development

To view the full schedule of Restorative Justice professional development training opportunities for Winter 2020, see attached flyer or click on the registration links below.

Restorative Justice Monthly Community of Practice [Register]

During the 2019-20 school year, OSSE will partner with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will discuss the implementation of Restorative Justice practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively.

The CoP is held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9-11:30 a.m., and is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Justice practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged. The location rotates each month to a different school campus or library.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
Topic: Building Community
Location: One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St. NW), Old Council Chambers
Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other. For this month's Community of Practice, We will be creating a dynamic space for representatives of schools and agencies, seasoned practitioners, and advocates to share experiences and lessons learned, address important questions and concerns, and develop tangible next steps for building strong school communities right from the beginning of the year.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Topic: Bullying Awareness through Restorative Practices
Location: Neval Thomas Elementary School, 650 Anacostia Ave. NE
Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue; understanding; and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice encompasses a set of interventions aimed at students; however, it goes a step further as it is a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.

As we recognize October as Bullying Prevention Month, this Community of Practice (CoP) will offer an opportunity to for participants to engage with others on their experiences using restorative practices. Specifically, participants will engage in pro-active and community building circles to address bullying, harassment, and other forms of inappropriate behaviors that belittle and tease students as well as adults.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Topic: Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices
Location: Walker Jones Education Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW
In the November Restorative Justice Community of Practice, participants will explore the concepts of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in our school communities and apply the concepts within a restorative framework.  Drawing on the experiences of participants, we will navigate how restorative practices can be integrated with SEL in our classrooms and school communities.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
Topic: Responsive Discipline and Restorative Practices
Location: Children’s Defense Fund Office, 840 First St. NE, Suite 300

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Topic: Restorative Practices with Special Education
Location: Alice Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Dr. NW
National and DC-based data demonstrates that students with disabilities are more likely to be suspended, expelled, or involved with the juvenile justice system then their non-disabled peers. This disproportionality calls for practices that support the social and educational needs of all youth. Restorative Justice can be used to support educating youth, regardless of their social, emotional, physical, or intellectual abilities. Students with disabilities and trauma are a significant part of school populations and are disproportionately represented in school discipline cases. Even where there is no formal diagnosis, these students have varying capacities for sustained attention, social awareness, intellectual cognition, emotional regulation, memory, and expressive and receptive language. The January Community of Practice will be an opportunity for school staff, RJ practitioners, and community partners to explore the intersection of restorative justice and special education and how restorative justice practices can be utilized to support students with disabilities and their families, create inclusive school environments, and address the gap between students with disabilities and their peers receiving extreme disciplinary action.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
Topic: Youth Leadership
Location: EL Haynes PCS, 4501 Kansas Ave. NW
Supporting Youth Leadership in Restorative Practices-Without meaningful youth involvement, whole-school restorative efforts lack a critical voice, leave invaluable talent and resources untapped, and risk turning a powerful driver of school culture into an obstacle to change. In this Community of Practice, we will learn from each other's experiences making space for youth leadership to play a driving role in restorative school change in a way that is aligned with restorative principles and encourages genuine ownership by the school community.
 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Topic: Self-Care in the Testing Season
Location: Hart Middle School, 601 Mississippi Ave. SE
Self-Care in the Testing Season-In this Community of Practice, we will explore the role self-care plays in our school communities and how we can use our restorative practices to support staff and students during testing seasons. We will use various self-care resources to encourage resilience and success for staff and students. Drawing on the experience in the room, we will practice different stress-reduction techniques and share strategies for incorporating self-care into our lives.
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Topic: Family Engagement
Location: Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW
Engaging Families in Restorative Practices-Whole school restorative change is about mobilizing the entire school in building community. Recognizing families as members of this community is very important when attempting to create restorative change in a school. For many schools, family engagement can be a huge task. In this Community of Practice, we will learn from each other's experiences introducing restorative culture change with active parent engagement.
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Topic: Celebration!
Location: TBD
As we approach the end of the school year, the theme for this CoP will be Grieving and Celebration. Together we will hold an intimate space to share the joys and struggles of our work, processing the stress and pain we may carry with us and nourishing the deeper relationships and experiences that inspire us to keep on keeping on. Participants will be encouraged to take this circle back to their schools and agencies, and will be provided with support to do so during the CoP.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].